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Trancesonics - Plus Instruments Vinyl LP (with digital download card)

Released 2013

Limited Edition Vinyl on Blowpipe records (import)

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Trancesonics - Truus Plus Instruments CD - Released 2013

Click on album to hear excerpts

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Vinyl

Excile In Paradise - Plus Instruments Released 2013

On VOD Records (Germany)

Vinyl LP

low numbered Edition

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Compilation released for the French Festival "Sonic Protest". 2012. Featuring 2 CD Disks and a rare experiemental exotica track of Truus with Spoken word by Johnny Dowd and Jimmy Virani on Theremin. Various artists. The Discs come in a single size cover. Very rare, only few made of these.

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Vinylis is the second color edition on Poutre Apparente (FR)

PLUS INSTRUMENTS FEBRUARI - APRIL '81

Press Quote: "Timeless"!

Brand new re-issue (second color) on French label Poutre Apparente, includes insert with rare photographs dated 1981 and new Liner notes -Signed by Truus upon request -

Limited edition of 500 only - Vinyl

Limited Edition Vinyl on Poutre Apparente (import)

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Dance With Me - Truus Plus Instruments Released 2011

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Salton Sink - Vol 1 - Salton Sea by Truus de Groot & Bosko Released 2010

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Or Download Sticker (CD Size) of actual cover $5 free shipping World-wide

 

 

Released 2011

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Rancho Exotica - Released 2005

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Muzotica - Released 2005

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Reviews

 

RITUALIS

Review by Renate Sun-Louw

Fret Magazine 2009- The Netherlands

Truus -  perhaps the most common Dutch name - but Truus is anything but common. During the 70's she was prolific in the punk, new/no wave and later the Euro beat scene.  Many still remember her as the lead singer of Nasmak.  In 1981 she left for the US and nothing much has been heard from her since.  That is too bad because we could someone with the indomitable spirit she has.  Lucky for all we now have Ritualis, original Exotica that is sometimes dreamy, sensual, obscure and haunting.  Truus adds her own dimensions to this genre.  The subtitle: :Ancient Legends, Strange Myths, Forbidden Desire sets the stage for the ambience of this album.  With the renewed interest in Exotica in the Netherlands Ritualis should appeal to more than a few music lovers.

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Salton Sink Vol I - Salton Sea

Reviewed by

Vital Weekly

But Truus doesn't just dwell on past inspiration and is perhaps still 'ultra' - in the sense of always moving, always exploring new ways of working. She proofs that with her album she recorded with one Bosko Hrnjak. The cover lists a whole bunch of instruments, from the by now known crackle boxes to guitars, synthesizers, ambient noises, objects turned instruments found at the Salton Sea and much more. This music doesn't resemble the previous one, not even closely, except perhaps for the voice of Truus de Groot, who sings more now in stead of the more staccato delivery for Plus nstruments, and it bathes in a richly layered mass of improvised electronics, which work hardly as improvised music, but more like atmospheric poetry. Occasionally leaping into a rhythm machine - another hardly seen feature in the world of improvisation - or even a song, such as in 'Cruel Desert Sea' but those are very few. This is some excellent intimate music. Highly original as it bypasses such not  ions pop ,
improvisation, soundscape and in return melts all of these together into something that I thought was innovative. That's true spirit of Ultra: consequently re-inventing ways to work. According to Harold Schellinx Truus de Groot is the queen of the Dutch Ultra movement and he's right.

 

 

 

 

 

Dance with Me - Truus Plus Instruments

Reviewed by Jacob Haagsma

Oor Magazine - 2011

Truus plus instruments
(Dewclaw Ditties/Import)
Truus de Groot!  Young readers will be scratching their heads.  Those of us who need reading glasses are making a victory dance.  Truus was the lead singer of groundbreaking new wave band Nasmak some 30 years ago.  She went her own intercontinental way 30 years ago with her own project  “Plus Instruments”.  Using New York City as her base, with member of Sonic Youth nonetheless!  She toyed around with Cow punk and exotica (to name a few), now she lives on a ranch in Southern  California and is checking in with this inviting record.  It is reverting to the electronica  of back then and this in 2011, it feels almost primitive.  But don’t get me wrong, it is quite charming.  Towards the end of the record the exotica genre prevails and reminds me of a mono version of Stereolab.    The title track “Dance with Me” conveys an odd mood yet it feels good and that is the charm of this record.

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Dance with Me - Truus Plus Instruments

Reviewed by

Vital Weekly

ow the Minny Pops may have been in hibernation for thirty years, Truus de Groot never stopped. She was in a band called Nasmaak, singing and playing the crackle box, before they turned into Nasmak and she shortly left after that. Together with Lee Ranaldo and David Linton she formed Plus Instruments, guitar, drums, tapes and vocals. Later on she had a band called Trigger And The Thrill Kings (actually a band playing blues and rockabilly), but these days took back on the name Plus Instruments, still using the crackle box, still singing and she manages to still sound like Plus Instruments the way I remember best. Somewhere after Nasmak's first LP and Truus' departure, they played as Nasmak Plus Instruments and in this short, transitional period they toured with DAF, picking up along the lines some of their motorik drum patterns and sequencers (check out their 12" for Zig Zag). Now while it remains to be seen if Minny Pops will find a way to update their 80s sound to 2012, Plus Instruments certainly did. Each of these thirteen pieces have that motorik drive that was a prominent feature in the early 80s, but now its much fuller with the addition of a lot more instruments all sequenced to go along with the beats. No doubt thanks to today's technology, which allows musicians to play along with themselves more easily, De Groot adds crackle box, analogue synthesizers, sampled toys, sampled percussion and De Groot's more spoken than sung delivery make this an excellent updated form of Plus Instruments. Starting with 'Drinking Song' the album collapses a bit with pieces that don't seem to belong to the others, like they have been added afterwards to fill up an otherwise good album. These are more pop like tunes with simple drum machines and singing. Only four of those, but those nine previous pieces are more than excellent.

 

 

Salton Sink Vol I - Salton Sea

Review by Renate Sun-Louw

Fret Magazine 2009- The Netherlands

 

Truus, known as the front woman of the band Nasmak in the 80’s, was inspired by the lost paradise and natural wonder of Salton Sea.  She create this CD filled with mysterious soundscapes.  The compositions were created mostly by the sounds of unpredictable instruments, such as the Crackle Synthesizer.  In addition to that she used various percussion instruments made from found objects at the Salton Sea by collaborator and artist Bosko Hrnjak.  The most surprising element is her forceful vocals, exciting, vivacious and merciless.

 

 

RITUALIS

Review by Sven Kirsten -  Author of The Book of Tiki

for Amazon

Sophisticated and minimalist, whimsical and meditative, modern and primitive, these are the exotic sounds of Truus de Groot. A world apart, they create their own universe for the listener to explore, a place as mysterious as it is playful. They will make you feel like a European intellectual...or idiot savant, you choose

 

 

RITUALIS

Review by Jeff Berry (aka Beachbum Berry)

author of the Groglog for Amazon

Ritualis  out of 5 stars 

Music To Mai Tai By, April 26, 2009

Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, Les Baxter, Yma Sumac, Bas Sheva, Korla Pandit -- the gods and goddesses of midcentury exotica music have all gone to their eternal reward, but not before leaving us with a copious catalogue of Tiki tunage. With this genre, familiarity breeds content: we could listen to Denny's "Afrodesia," to take just one example, until the canoes come home.

A new generation of exotica musicians apparently feels the same way; retro-minded stylists such as the conservatory trained jazzbos Waitiki, the Esquivel-obsessed Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica, and the hyperkinetic Tikiyaki Orchestra all create neo-exotica music that not only celebrates the work of their idols, but often tops it.

The current queen of Oceanic easy listening is a former punk rocker from Holland named Truus. Her new CD, Ritualis, goes beyond the mythopoetic rhythms of her previous releases, Muzotica and Rancho Exotica. Way beyond. How to describe its soothing yet unsettling sound? Its hypnoxotic, entropical air of zombacious Melanesiancholy?

Ritualis is a dream of mysterious things that go bump in the Jungian night, conjuring ancient tribal tones from our collective unconscious and freighting them with lyrics full of modern longing for primitive passion. In other words, it's perfect music to Mai Tai by.

Rancho Exotica

Review by Jeff Berry (aka Beachbum Berry)

author of the Groglog for Amazon

 

What hath Dutch ex-punk rock diva Truus De Groot wrought?  One thing "Rancho Exotica" isn't is yet another postmodern rerun of the usual Martin Denny lounge music.  Leave that to the retro remix crowd.  Truus has what they don't -- an imagination.  If you're looking for something new and different to mix your Mai tai's by, look no further.  Truus has created a new kind of exotica music, a sonic dreamscape at once primordial and futuristic, ethereal and corporeal, amped up and mellowed out.  It's the soundtrack for the life you wish you were leading:  a life of moonlit nights on uncharted isles, of exploring ruined cities in jungle overgrowth, of traveling through space in interstellar overdrive.  My favorite tracks -- "Visitors," "Ua Ahi," and "Mystery Isle" -- put me in a fugue state I never want out of.  And what an orchestra she summons from the void:  Kafiristani monks on horns, Inca shepherds on flute, Meiji geishas on strings, Alpine maidens on vocals, and ancient Marquesan warriors, Bantu chieftains, and prehistoric locusts on percussion -- all mixed down by alien engineers from Alpha Ceti, in a Chinese opium den recording studio.  Check it out!

 

 

 

Rancho Exotica

Review by Tiki News

First there was Martin Denny, then later there was Throbbing Gristle paying homage to Martin Denny and hailing him as their prime inspiration. At first the connection might have been tenuous and hard to believe but Industrial tribal music owes a lot to Exotica.
What Truus has brought to the table is a new Exotica for the 21st century applying electronic beats and tribal/industrial thinking to the loungy/jazzy Exotica realm. The results are pleasant and authentic establishing Truus as one of the very few modern musicians worthy of owning the genre description of EXOTICA. (along with Ken Sasaki, Don Tiki, Ape, Combustible Edison, and a few others)